Mamaroneck Passive House

“I have now been living in our brand new passive house for 3 weeks and wish to report my first impressions:

Peace, bliss, silence, fresh air, no draft, no headache: WOW, it actually does what it says on the box!

Mamaroneck Passive House

What was a bit destabilizing in the beginning is that you do not hear anything at all: no furnace igniting like a truck has started moving in your crawl space, no wind shaken windows that squeek and quack with stressful noises, no rain hammering on the roof like if it were simple glass, no noise at all… apart from the discrete purr of the new super energy efficient Bosch fridge in the kitchen and the “cracks” of the metal flu when the gas stove kicks in.When you move into an average house, you want to understand all its noises. In a passive house, it is the other way round: the ventilation is so silent that you want to put your hand in front of the venting intake grid to confirm it is working!  It is like living underwater or in a bubble where all outdoor sounds are muted. I finally can ignore lawn mowers, leaf blowers, garbage trucks, roofing works next door, and the police sirens on the Boston Post Road brought by western winds.  All this noise pollution that lands on our heads without our consent is now foreign to me and I do not miss it for a second!

The second main realization is the fact that there is no draft through the windows (my blinds used to fly in front of the old 1970’s Andersen double pane windows…), no blasting air whether you use the latest Mitsubishi Mr

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Slim reversible heating/cooling mini splits or just the minimum required back up heat from the designful Jotul gas stove and Myson bathroom towel rails. The ventilation system is very smooth and it swirls around the house. Even with intake venting grids literally next to the master bed, you don’t feel the airflow coming in at all. It feels well balanced and fresh. In the old house, I used to wrap myself with shawls or polar fleece blankets and sit as close as possible to the heating vent (or as far as possible from the cooling one). Our living room was useless in summer (too hot) and in the middle of winter (too cold). Half of the house was not useable most of the year: what a waste!. Now, I can sit reading a book by the huge master window without even feeling a chill. I can sit wherever I want in the house and be extremely comfortable to the point that I have to go physically outside before I go out in order to know if I need a coat!

Last but not least, the house feels super healthy: I wake up in the morning without the urge of opening a window to ventilate: my indoor air is filtered and completely replaced with fresh outdoor air every 3 hours. The air does not feel dry compared to what it was with the former heating system and my sinuses are happy which relieves me from the splitting headaches I used to wake up with. A total bliss!

037-Kitchen-748223-printWhen you think we had to rebuild the whole house to get those basic benefits any homeowner should be entitled to, it is mind blowing. Why not change the old way of building so that everyone can enjoy it? If you add to the bliss the fact that everything operates at the touch of a button and that, thanks to my super insulated building and solar panels, my current gas + electricity bills are $40 a month covering the uncompressible distribution cost Coned charges, then you have an idea of what it is to live in a heavenly house.

When you taste Passive House, you never go back. Trust me.”

 

Veronique Leblanc

Homeowner of Mamaroneck Passive House

www.mamaroneckpassivehouse.com

 

Gain free access to the iPHA Forum

Through our affiliation with the International Passive House Association, New York Passive House members are also iPHA members. Access to the Forum is included as a member benefit. Now iPHA is expanding access to include PassREg members. See their press release below:

Where Passive House Stakeholders meet
The forum of the International Passive House Association (iPHA) serves as the international gathering place for discussions on all things Passive House.

Traditionally a special benefit for iPHA members, the iPHA forum is the place to connect with other energy efficiency experts and Passive House practitioners worldwide and get your Passive House questions.

In addition to the 2,500 iPHA members worldwide that enjoy access to the forum, PassREg members too will also get access.

The great news: becoming a PassREg member is absolutely free!

 

PassREg
Supporting the growth of Passive House regions towards an EU energy revolution

PassREg is an EU-funded project that aims to trigger the successful implementation of Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (NZEBs), using Passive House supplied as much as possible by renewable energies as the foundation.

Becoming a PassREg member is both free and easy – in addition to access to the iPHA Forum, PassREg members are listed on the PassREg website and get occasional updates on the project outcomes (if desired).

 

iPHA Membership

Reap all the benefits of iPHA membership

iPHA membership comes with far more than access to the iPHA Forum…

Passipedia, the Passive House resource, provides iPHA members with a constantly growing, interactive body of specialized Passive House knowledge.

Presentation in an online member database, featuring Passive House experts, regional organizations other Passive House stakeholders worldwide.

Regular newsletters, which keep iPHA members up to date on Passive House developments.

Discounts on Passive House Institute services and events, such as the upcoming International Passive House Conference and the designPH, the new 3D modelling tool for the PHPP.

Special access to a diverse array of Passive House materials in the iPHA member area, including presentations by Dr. Feist and others.

Interested in becoming a member? Find out about our membership conditions or become a member through one of iPHA’s Affiliate organizations.

 

This is a limited time offer. iPHA retains the right to discontinue forum access to PassREg members after the project’s end in spring, 2015.

The sole responsibility for the content of this email lies with the authors. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the European Union. Neither the EACI nor the European Commission are responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.

BuildingEnergy NYC 14 Request for Proposals is now open!

 

 

 

 

We are happy to  announce that NESEA is now accepting proposals for  BE NYC 14, scheduled for October 16th, 2014 at the Time Life Center.

They will be accepting proposals until Friday, April 25. Please note that they will not be offering workshops at BE NYC this year, so all proposals submitted must be for 90 minute sessions.

You can find more information and start a proposal by clicking here.

Free screening: “Passive House Revolution”, Mon. April 14 in LIC

Free Screening of Documentary on Super-Efficient Buildings, Monday, April 14, 7 PM Coffeed, 37-18 Northern Blvd., LIC, NY 11101

Note: This is a Resilience NYC Meetup Event – register here.

Resilience NYC Meetup hosts a free screening of documentary “Passive House Revolution,” its NYC premiere. http://passivehouserevolution.org/ Special guest after the screening is architect Tom Paino, who turned his LIC home into a super-efficient but controversial Passive House.

It’s part of a series of sustainability film screening and discussion events this spring at Coffeed Cafe, on the second Monday of each month at 7 PM. Coffeed, downstairs from the famous Brooklyn Grange rooftop farm, is providing free coffee and home-baked pastries for the events. www.coffeednyc.com

Buildings use nearly 50% of all energy used in North America today. The Passive House standard has been spreading across Europe for 20 years, a set of practices for building and retrofitting structures that use 80% less heating and cooling energy than average, much less than those from LEED-certified buildings, a green building standard common in the US. Climate scientists say we need to reduce our CO2 emissions by 80% as quickly as possible. Spreading the Passive House standard will be an important part of our response to climate change.

Following the screening, we’ll hear from architect Tom Paino, who renovated his Long Island City row house to become the first Passive House in Queens. As the NY Daily News and Queens Brownstoner noted, some Queens residents found the dramatic black, grey and white tile facade to be unattractive. However, the project was hailed in an extensive and positive review by US Dept. of Homeland Security. http://www.fema.gov/mitigationbp/brief.do?mitssId=9932   http://queens.brownstoner.com/2014/03/architect-responds-to-critics-of-his-tile-facade/    http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/queens/passive-house-architect-rebuffs-critics-article-1.1710746

There will be a facilitated discussion about how to make our neighborhoods more sustainable and more resilient. A resource guide with links to existing NYC programs will be provided.

Component Award proves Passive House windows profitable

Twelve winners to be honoured at the International Passive House Conference

(Press Release, Passive House Institute, 3 April 2014)

Darmstadt, Germany. The winners of the first ever Passive House Component Award have been selected and a total of twelve Passive House windows will receive recognition. The real winners, however, are the building owners, for the results of this international competition demonstrate that it is possible to save money with highly efficient building components. Manufacturers offered their products at retail prices including installation for an example building. For each of the four categories, “PVC,” “Wood,” “Wood/Aluminium,” and “Aluminium,” the overall investment and energy costs saved in comparison with standard windows were the decisive factor. The Award will be presented at the International Passive House Conference taking place from 25 to 26 April in Aachen, Germany.

In the “Wood” category, the joint first place winners are the Slovenian manufacturer M Sora for their Natura Optimo XL window and the German window company Pfeffer for their Pfeffer RPS window. The Holz-2-Holz window by Freisinger-Optiwin of Austria took second place. In the “Wood/Aluminium” category, the Smartwin Compact by Lorber-pro Passivhausfenster of Austria and the Futura by Bieber-Optiwin of France came in on top, followed by Freisinger-Optiwin again, this time with the Alu-2-Holz window.

The first prize in the “PVC” category went to German producer Hilzinger FBS GmbH for their VADB-Plus 550 window. The Pural eco 90 by Pural GmbH and the Frame 90 WI by Raico, both from Germany, were the winners in the “Aluminium” category. Special prizes went to German producers Passivhaus Transfer (dHPt), for their Delta Plus Cold Climate window (“Wood/Fibreglass, Synthetics”), Wiegand Fensterbau, for the glazing set in the DW-plus systems (“Innovative Glazing”), and Pazen Fenster + Technik, for their ENERsign arctis (“Lowest Heat Losses”).

“We are delighted at the level of active participation in the competition and congratulate the winners,” declares Dr. Wolfgang Feist, Scientific Director of the Passive House Institute – organiser of the Component Award competition. A total of 41 entries made it clear that Passive House windows are very attractive financially for building owners. “Overall cost savings of more than 25 percent, spread over the life span of the winning products, are possible. With Passive House quality products, the energy revolution becomes not only affordable, but even profitable.”

“Energy efficient, high quality components are an essential building block for the success of Passive House. It is important that these products provide not only convenience and comfort, but also economic advantages. We have proven this with this Award,” says Dr. Benjamin Krick, Head of Component Certification at the Passive House Institute.

The prizes will be presented by Dr. Wolfgang Feist at the Eurogress in Aachen. Many of the prize-winning windows will be exhibited by the manufacturers at the accompanying Component Exhibition which will take place from 25 to 26 April 2014, parallel to the International Passive House Conference. Further information can be found online on: www.passivehouseconference.org

Press Release as pdf: www.bit.ly/1pVMgCn

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Benjamin Wünsch
Presse- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit
Passivhaus Institut, Rheinstr. 44/46, 64283 Darmstadt
Tel +49(0)6151/826 99-25
Fax +49(0)6151/826 99-34
E-Mail: presse@passiv.de
internet: www.passiv.de
_____________________________________________________________________

Internationale Passivhaustagung
25. bis 26. April 2014 in Aachen
www.passivhaustagung.de

Tage des Passivhauses
8. bis 10. November 2013
www.ig-passivhaus.de
____________________________________________________________________

International Passive House Association
Promoting the Passive House Standard worldwide
www.passivehouse-international.org

New York and Philadelphia Projects among Finalists for Passive House Award 2014

Designers from around the world are honored as finalists for the international Passive House design award, including our friends in Brooklyn, Long Island, and Philadelphia.

Congratulations!

 

Passive House Award 2014: Finalists confirmed

 

Winners will be announced at the Passive House Conference in Aachen

(Press Release, Passive House Institute, 28 March 2014)

Darmstadt, Germany. The finalists of the Passive House Award 2014 have again proved that world-class architecture and the Passive House Standard complement each other perfectly. An international jury made the final selection from approximately one hundred submissions. The winners in a total of six categories will be announced on 25 April in Aachen, Germany, at the 2014 International Passive House Conference. A list of all finalists can now be viewed on www.passivehouse-award.org.

 

The jury selected seven buildings in the category Office and Special Use Buildings: the RHW.2 Passive House high rise in Vienna (ARGE Atelier Hayde / Architektur Maurer & Partner); the Natural Heritage Centre on the German island of Rügen (Architekt Stöger); an artist studio in Long Island, New York (Ryall Porter Sheridan Architects); an extension of the Maximilianeum in Munich (Léon Wohlhage Wernik); the Syd Energi headquarters in the Danish city of Esbjerg (GPP Arkitekter A/S); the Kunstmuseum in German historical town of Ravensburg (Lederer Ragnarsdóttir Oei Architekten); and the Correctional Centre in Korneuburg, Austria (Arge Dieter Mathoi Architekten & DIN A4 Architektur).

 

The finalists in the category of Single Family Homes hail from Auckland, New Zealand (Jessop Architects); Sint-Niklaas, Belgium (BLAF architects); Espoo, Finland (Kimmo Lylykangas Architects); and Philadelphia in Pennsylvania, USA (Plumbob). The Apartment Building category saw finalists located in Hamburg (Huke-Schubert Berge Architekten), Munich (Allmann Sattler Wappner Architekten), and Berlin (Deimel Oelschläger Architekten Partnerschaft), Germany.

 

Three projects in the Educational Buildings category made it into the finals: the Riedberg Secondary School inFrankfurt, Germany (Ackermann+Raff); a seminar and apartment building in Goesan, South Korea(ArchitekturWerkstatt Vallentin); and the Montessori School in Aufkirchen, Germany (ArchitekturWerkstatt Vallentin, R. Grotz, R. Loibl, H. Walbrunn). The jury also selected three finalists from the retrofit projects submitted: a terraced house in London (Paul Davis+Partners), an office building in the French town of Saint-Étienne (Atelier d’architecture Rivat), and a terraced brownstone in Brooklyn, New York (Fabrica718 / Studio Cicett Architect).

 

In addition to the 20 individual buildings that made it to the finals, a Passive House Region, favoured by the majority of the jurors, was directly chosen as a winner in the Urban Planning category. This project will also be honoured with the Passive House Award at the International Passive House Conference. An important aspect of this particular project, as with all the winners, was its emphasis on the Passive House Standard in conjunction with the use of renewable energies – an approach that fits with the “Nearly Zero-Energy Building” of the European Building Directive.

 

The 2014 Passive House Award has been put on by the Passive House Institute under the patronage of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy and within the framework of the EU project PassREg (Passive House Regions with Renewable Energies). Certification verifying compliance with the Passive House Standard (or EnerPHit Standard in the case of retrofits) was a prerequisite for participation. The jury was thus free to focus solely on the architectural design of the projects in its evaluation.
Passive House Award Ceremony, Friday, 25 April (10:15am in the opening plenary)

Passive House Award press conference thereafter; Venue: Eurogress Aachen

Press Release as pdf: www.bit.ly/1dA5FHa

On request we can also send you photos in high resolution.

 

-- 
Benjamin Wünsch
Presse- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit
Passivhaus Institut, Rheinstr. 44/46, 64283 Darmstadt
Tel +49(0)6151/826 99-25
Fax +49(0)6151/826 99-34
E-Mail: presse@passiv.de
internet: www.passiv.de
_____________________________________________________________________

Internationale Passivhaustagung
25. bis 26. April 2014 in Aachen
www.passivhaustagung.de

Tage des Passivhauses
8. bis 10. November 2013
www.ig-passivhaus.de
____________________________________________________________________

International Passive House Association
Promoting the Passive House Standard worldwide
www.passivehouse-international.org

AAVs (Air Admittance Valves)

AAV

AAV

TYPICAL VENT STACK

TYPICAL VENT STACK

Venting of plumbing fixtures has been a standard in the design and construction of plumbing systems in New York City buildings for almost a century. Vented plumbing stacks are required to maintain a water seal in a fixture’s trap, the U-shaped section of pipe below a sink, which creates an air lock that prevents the entrance of sewer gasses. Without the trap’s water seal, noxious gasses would make their way up through your pipes, out of the fixtures, and into your home.

When a toilet is flushed or sinks and tubs drain water, this water travels down the sewer pipe. Without a vent pipe, a vacuum effect would result which would draw all the water down from the trap, allowing the noxious gasses to pass through. Traditionally, venting is achieved via a second pipe connected to the sewer stack – the vent pipe. It allows air in above the trap, equalizing the pressure on both sides of the trap, thereby allowing it to hold water and keep sewer gasses out of the building.

The function and construction of a typical vent stack system has remained the standard in NYC for about a century. However, in this age of increased awareness of energy efficiency and building performance, there are now products and technologies that give us better functional performance, simplify construction and increase energy efficiency. Air Admittance Valves (AAVs) are one of such products we feel outperforms the typical vent stack system.

Air admittance valves are pressure-activated, one-way valves that can be used in place of typical vent stack systems. The AAV is a non-mechanical valve that is located just above the fixture’s drain, fitting within a bathroom vanity or cabinet, out of view. It eliminates the need for a second vent pipe, reducing construction costs while increasing usable space.

 

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On a larger building-wide scale, fewer vents result in fewer exterior roof penetrations. A typical plumbing vent system requires numerous roof penetrations, which compromise the building’s thermal! envelope (and each require additional insulation/air-sealing work). Additionally, one less vent per stack results in a smaller shaft and more usable square footage (and less air-sealing work). Furthermore, fewer vents result in less potential for leaks or failure.

Although not in New York City, AAVs have been used for decades and allowed in practically all US jurisdictions as a suitable alternative to plumbing stacks. The construction cost savings of eliminating vent stacks, penetration waterproofing, and airsealing stacks can be reinvested into improving the building envelope. The reduction in energy use from a high performance thermal envelope will provide cost savings throughout the life of the building: a win for both the owners and the city as a whole.

Over many years, Air Admittance Valves have been a proven method to improve upon the use of typical vent stack systems both in energy efficiency and construction cost. NYPH are currently working with the Urban Green Council to provide documentation to the NYC Department of Buildings to get permission for AAVs to be used in NYC construction.

 

On April 9th, NYPH will hold a presentation on AAVs, more information and sign up HERE.

 

Stas Stas Zakrzewski is principal architect at zh-architects, is passionate about beautifully composed high performance buildings and believes in the increasing importance of designing energy sensitive and sustainable projects.

Twitter @zh-architects

Climate protection at the municipal level – a ten-point program for the building sector

The Passive House Institute issues a position paper for municipalities to act on global climate protection.

 

Darmstadt, Germany  March 13, 2014

Climate protection at municipal level: ten-point plan for the building sector

Position paper of the Passive House Institute regarding the use of Passive House technology as a contribution to climate protection in the building sector for cities and communities.

Climate change affects us all. In order to effectively tackle climate change, we must reduce our energy consumption significantly in the long term. This means efficient use of available energy and placing maximum priority on saving energy. Cities and local authorities are important actors when it comes to climate protection – at the local level, with every individual, every community, in every region. On average, about 40 % of the total energy consumption in industrialized countries is used for buildings. That is why significant improvement of the energy efficiency of buildings has considerable impact on the overall assessment of a town, municipality or urban district in terms of energy. Due to the long service life of buildings, a consistent approach is especially important in this respect. For more than 20 years, the Passive House Institute has committed itself to the advancement of the Passive House Standard, with which an improvement of 40 to 75 % in the energy consumption for heating and cooling of new builds can be achieved; in the case of refurbishments, reductions of 75 to 95 % are commonplace. The Passive House Institute has compiled the following 10 points to support and to trigger effective climate protection measures in the building sector at the local level:

1) New public buildings belonging to the city or local authority will only be built to the Passive House Standard in future. As far as possible, renewable energies will be used: additional upgrading of buildings with renewable energies to the Passive House Plus level (with fully sustainable energy supply) or Passive House Premium (with a surplus of renewable energy generated). The same applies for new builds rented by cities, i.e. the aim is to achieve a heating and cooling demand of less than 15 kWh/m²/a each. Refurbishments of owned or rented buildings will only be carried out with Passive House suitable components, meaning refurbishment to the EnerPHit Standard or a retrofit yielding a reduction in energy usage by a factor of 10. Renewable energies will also be taken into account in the case of refurbishments.

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Municipal Passive House school in Frankfurt/Germany. Photo: PHI

2) Land belonging to the local authority will only be sold on condition that construction will take place according to the Passive House Standard, or that refurbishment will be carried out using Passive House components, with the integration of renewable energies. Suitable verification (e.g. preliminary planning with the PHPP) should be provided.

3) Municipal urban planning will be adapted to the climate. The topographic situation of the building, its compactness and its orientation in relation to the sun, the prevailing wind direction, and the shading will all be taken into account. Such planning will be supported by binding specifications of mechanical and building energy supply systems.

4) Housing companies belonging to the municipality will be obliged to construct their new buildings in accordance with the Passive House Standard and to modernise their existing building stock using Passive House components, with integration of renewable energies.

5) The city or local authority will create its own financial incentive programme for investors and private building owners in order to encourage participation in climate protection measures through the construction of Passive House buildings, through refurbishment using Passive House components, and via the use of renewable energy sources.

6) Quality assurance by means of milestones will be used to check whether the required standard of work has actually been provided. Milestones include, for example, planning approval, execution planning, initial site meeting post completion of the building shell, second site meeting post completion of the airtight building envelope, completion of the building, assessment of technical measurements, independent certification.

7) Climate-neutral urban districts based on the Passive House Standard will be developed as pilot projects.

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A whole city district in Passive House standard: the new „Bahnstadt“ in Heidelberg. Foto: PHI

8) Informational events and further training will be offered to communicate with investors, builders, building owners (commercial and private), residents, architects, craftsmen, local companies, urban planning experts, and political decision makers. Providing consultations prior to the issuing of building approvals will be mandatory. Appropriate advisory facilities will be set up.

9) The use of energy-saving household appliances and building system technology, as well as replacement of electricity intensive technology will be encouraged, for example, through information campaigns or financial incentives.

10) Communications on construction to the Passive House Standard and the use of renewable energies will be firmly anchored in municipal public relations strategies and campaigns on the subject will be implemented. For a wider impact, the energy consumption of individual buildings will be monitored and the findings published as examples to follow.

The Passive House Institute is convinced that the sum of these measures will contribute significantly to the reduction of energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in the building sector while substantially reducing municipal expenditures. There are many examples of cities and municipalities throughout Europe and in other parts of the world that have already implemented such principles either in full or in part and have profited from the resulting contribution to climate protection. This paper is intended to encourage other cities and local authorities to initiate reforms in building sector practices in their own jurisdictions, as climate change affects us all.

Passive House Institute
Dr. Wolfgang Feist
Rheinstraße 44/46 64283
Darmstadt Germany
tel. +49 (0)6151 82699- 0
fax. +49 (0)6151 82699-11
email: mail@passiv.de
internet: www.passivehouse.com

Renewable Energy in a Passive House: New PHI Classifications

While “Net Zero Energy” is a seemingly simple concept, in reality calculating the
energy balance of a building requires complex accounting. Photovoltaic panels produce
most of their electricity during summer days, while buildings consume energy all the
time, especially during cold nights. The Passive House Institute (PHI) takes Net
Zero to the next level by accounting for energy storage requirements and making sure
that wasteful buildings can’t simply add huge PV arrays to claim “Net Zero” status.

At a New York Passive House presentation last week, German architect Kay Künzel
presented a case study of a home automation system that prioritized using PV energy
directly instead of exporting it to the grid. For example, the system would run the
dishwasher while the sun was shining to avoid having to use non-renewable grid electricity.
PHI’s new classification takes this kind of optimization into account, in a way that “Net Zero”
doesn’t.

In New York we are very aware that Net Zero penalizes multistory buildings in an urban
environment. PHI’s new classification system eliminates the large urban building penalty
by basing the renewable energy potential on the lot area, rather than the total floor area
of a building.

Wolfgang Feist will present more details at the 18th annual Passive House Conference in April.

See PHI’s full press release below:

Press Release

3 March 2014

New Passive House categories also rate building energy gains

Concept to be presented at the 2014 International Passive House Conference

Darmstadt/Germany. The efficiency of the clearly defined Passive House Standard
has been proven with thousands of buildings – in order to also offer a reliable means
of orientation regarding the additional use of renewables, the Passive House Institute
now plans to introduce new categories. These will not only take energy demand into
account, but also energy supply through, for example, solar panels. In this way,
Passive House offers an attractive solution for the energy revolution while also serving
as the basis for the “Nearly Zero Energy Building,” mandatory for all new builds
throughout the EU as of 2021.

“A building that produces more energy than it consumes is not only possible, it is often
very sensible,” says Dr. Wolfgang Feist, Director of the Passive House Institute. The
way in which this is calculated, however, is of critical importance when it comes to
setting criteria for a standard. “A building that produces an energy surplus in summer
doesn’t necessarily have a good energy balance. Photovoltaic systems typically yield
very little energy in winter, which is exactly when the most energy for heating is used.
Therefore, the calculation only works when the energy demand itself is also very low.”

Energy efficiency thus remains the basis for the Passive House Standard. In addition,
the new building categories will rate the coverage of the remaining energy demand by
renewable sources. Taking the example of a single family home, the new “Passive
House Plus” label confirms that about as much energy is produced as is consumed,
whereas the “Passive House Premium” seal denotes an energy surplus. Dr. Feist will
present the details of these new Passive House classes at the International Passive
House Conference, taking place from 25 to 26 April 2014 in Aachen, Germany.

“The new classes view energy production in relation to the potential of the particular
building in question,” emphasises Dr. Benjamin Krick, senior scientist at the Passive
House Institute. “A single family home built to the Passive House Standard can
achieve an energy surplus relatively easily; for an apartment building it is much more
difficult, as such buildings have a far smaller roof area available per square meter of
living space. It is for this reason that the new classes calculate energy production in
relation to the ground area occupied by the building.” A future-oriented scenario in
which only renewable energies are used throughout the electrical grid serves as
reference for the evaluation.

Compared to conventional buildings, the Passive House Standard, as developed more
than two decades ago, saves an average of 90 percent of heating and cooling energy.
Highly efficient windows, ventilation systems and superior insulation of the external
walls keep Passive House buildings comfortable year-round. In winter, the remaining
energy demand can mostly be covered by passive heat sources such as the sun’s
rays. In summer, these same Passive House features serve to keep buildings cool.

The criteria of the Passive House Standard are straightforward and clearly defined.
The performance of the standard has been proven by numerous monitoring projects.
Some 50,000 Passive House units have been built worldwide. Economic reasoning
often serves as the motivation to build a Passive House: additional investments are
normally paid back through energy savings in a matter of years. A further advantage
for occupants lies in the outstanding levels of comfort Passive Houses offer, through
consistently warm inside surfaces and optimal air quality.

Details on the Passive House Standard and the certification criteria: www.passivehouse.com
Programme of the International Passive House Conference: www.passivehouseconference.org

Press contact:
Benjamin Wünsch | Passive House Institute | +49 (0)6151-82699-25 | presse@passiv.de

NY14 Passive House Conference and Expo

Green Building Conference Sets Its Sights High

June 17th, 2014 in New York City

Kavanagh Tuite ArchitectsPassive House is a building standard that promises 90% reduction in heating and cooling energy usage compared with existing building stock. Proponents of the standard cite energy savings, comfort, health, and affordability among the reasons Passive House is gaining traction among green building and energy specialists.
Translated as “Passive House” in English from the German “Passivhaus”, the name conjures an image of a wood-framed home. Though most U.S. certified Passive Houses are homes thus far, the NY14 Passive House Conference and Expo seeks to add a new perspective to this image.  Register here.

New York Passive House in cooperation with the Passive House Academy has announced a one-day conference and expo for June 17, 2014 at the Metropolitan Pavilion at 125 West 18th Street in New York City. The focus of the conference will be big buildings such as multi-family, schools, stores, and office buildings – including a high-rise Passive House proposed for New York City’s Roosevelt Island by Cornell University. Presentations will showcase completed projects from around the world by leading practitioners. The event will also serve as an expo of leading products and service providers that cater specifically to the U.S. Passive House market.  Both the conference and expo are focused on delivering information to building professionals.

The conference program offers 10 educational sessions running from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm. The international character of this global building standard is represented with presentations by practitioners from Austria (Lang Consulting), Belgium (Architectes Associes), Ireland (Kavanagh Tuite Architects), the UK (Architype), New
York (Steven Winter Associates) and other US regions (PassivScience). Conference organizers anticipate 15 speakers in total, bringing a broad array of expertise within Passive House building field, focusing on in-depth analysis of the obstacles and opportunities Passive House building provides. Over 30 manufacturers or service providers are expected to be represented in the expo, providing a comprehensive overview of specialized products and knowledge essential for low-energy Passive House building. The expo will run from 8:00 am to 6:30 pm with an open bar cocktail reception beginning at 5:30 pm.

For building designers, builders, and owners, the NY14 Passive House Conference and Expo promises the practical context necessary to go passive.  Find out more and register here.

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Contact Information:

Ken Levenson
New York Passive House
(917) 837-8487

Barry McTierney
Right Events
+44 (0) 161 292 1988

Lang Consulting

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